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Re: Route planning app?

20 November 2015 - 6:53pm
On route planning I have some routes already generated but what does everyone download the Gpx Files it produces too. I have an iPhone and iPad that aren't interested in Gpx or is it GPs downloads. The laptop can see them and download them to save but can't open them.

How do I get the route from saved on my lap top to open in something like my iPhone on a suitable app (and which apps do you use?).

Re: Touring luxuries

20 November 2015 - 6:48pm
Book here too.

My first trip I was told not to take a book as we had no space and I got Miserable. Read our travel guide end to end instead! Next trip I got lightweight gear and took a nice big classic- something like Middlemarch that will last. These days I can do the same and take many classics on a kindle.

Thinking about maybe taking one of those lightweight chairs next time as my second luxury....and maybe jettisoning the cooking gear.

Re: Zuiderzee route LF 20, 21, 22 Netherlands.

20 November 2015 - 6:14pm
This campsite in Zeewolde is always nice >> http://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/en ... dasselaar/ and its only 10-15 minutes ride from a supermarket. They had digital check in when I got there this summer which was a little weird

I've also stayed at a couple(natuurkamperterein) in Friesland, but can't really remember much about those, so they can't be too bad

I hope you have a tail wind on the afsluitdijk, I never seem to and its hell

I have a couple of photo's of parts of the route here >>> http://www.shanecycles.com/48-hour-ride ... challenge/ I recommend taking a little more time than I did

Have fun, its a nice mix of polders, dikes and sleepy villages.

Re: Silicon for my Tent

20 November 2015 - 5:32pm
Or you can just slap it on with a brush.

Re: Silicon for my Tent

20 November 2015 - 3:37pm

You can buy as a spray or a liquid in a screwtop can. I then spray it on with a garden plant sprayer.

Re: Silicon for my Tent

20 November 2015 - 2:58pm
http://www.nikwax.co.uk/en-gb/products/ ... abricid=-1
I think you mean this stuff, a shop that sells hill walking gear should stock it.

Re: Silicon for my Tent

20 November 2015 - 1:23pm
The only Silicone I have come across is either a grease, lubricant or bathroom sealant.
If you Google silicone spray, it is available at various outlets but I don't know that it would be suitable for tent fabric re-coating.

Re: Zuiderzee route LF 20, 21, 22 Netherlands.

20 November 2015 - 12:14pm
a little north gets you a day trip to Terschilling see http://www.rederij-doeksen.nl/home?locale=en

Re: Route planning app?

20 November 2015 - 12:09pm
I use Ridewith GPS http://ridewithgps.com/

Zuiderzee route LF 20, 21, 22 Netherlands.

20 November 2015 - 11:20am

We are looking forward to our next family holiday (photo from last time) and are keen to know recommended visits/don't visits, good campsites, clever ideas etc. The juniors will be 10 and 12 (bikes upgraded already).

Silicon for my Tent

20 November 2015 - 11:03am
As subject, really. My tent is about four years old now and although in tip-top shape as I'm careful, I reckon a coating of silicon wouldn't go astray. Thing is, I've no idea where to get this in the UK. Can anyone help ?


Re: Touring luxuries

20 November 2015 - 10:03am
Richard Barrett wrote:I would go for a lightweight travel tripod - preferably carbon fibre - makes photography so much more interesting

I often take my GorillaPod, but a bigger, lightweight carbon tripod would be nice!

Re: Touring luxuries

20 November 2015 - 9:58am
Sweep wrote:I seem to remember someone on here recommending a stainless steel cafettiere possibly available through the demon amazon, until i get that my favourite luxury ( i lie, a necessity) is a bialetti espresso maker.

Definitely +1 from me!

Re: Profile Of A Cycle Tourist by Pierre Roques from 1965

20 November 2015 - 9:35am
Formatting the article with each characteristic on a single line, reveals 41 different points. I score 31 of those. Does that make me a Cycle Tourist?

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

20 November 2015 - 8:23am
Well, after reading all these replies I am going to have a look around for a new Insurer as it seems much easier to insure bikes elsewhere.

My policy isn't due for renewal until the beginning of April (just checked and I pay a whopping £670 a year and I don't live in a mansion with lots of valuables specified).

I think I must be able to do much better. Even if I cancel my policy a couple of months early (and get nothing back of course) I could be better off, with bikes insured for our first trip, than I would be if i did cycle specific cover. I had completely ruled that out because of the cost.

Flite, I have an IW 510 here with a a hitch lock and two wheel locks on it and we still park our cars at very odd angles to make sure it is boxed in by them!

Re: Touring Japan from Tokyo to Fukuoka in October

20 November 2015 - 6:23am
Nice video of cycling in a beautiful country! Thanks for sharing
Did you write a blog?

Re: Touring luxuries

19 November 2015 - 10:56pm
I would go for a lightweight travel tripod - preferably carbon fibre - makes photography so much more interesting

Re: South of Naples, 4 day tour,300miles in total..Ideas?

19 November 2015 - 8:39pm
Only been to Naples once.
I was in the RN and we called in there for a few days - spring 1989 - and as usual, I took my bike.

I tried cycling on the Saturday afternoon but it was impossible through the traffic. They clogged the roads, drove on the pavements, paid no attention to any highway codes, and I gave up.

Following day - Sunday - the roads were deserted, and I set off round the city and found my way south to the foothills of Vesuvius.
I rode up the zig zag lanes and through the quiet housing areas, and worked my way up and up and up and up ................

Highly recommended!

Re: Touring luxuries

19 November 2015 - 7:20pm
Luxury items – something unnecessary, desirable and expensive. Hmm – quite a lot of bike ownership involves unnecessary purchases of desirable and expensive items!

What once was luxury is now easily carried - books, photos, music, radio, all on a smart phone. Communication now so much easier, although there always was a certain joy arriving in a new foreign city and going to collect (hopefully) poste restant letters. Gear is so much better these days - lighter, more compact, effective (although my neo air thermarest is necessary to me as well as desirable and expensive so sort of a luxury). Navigation, route-planning and recording journeys is also more easily done but I still prefer using actual maps, so maybe they are a luxury. Merino wool clothing still feels luxurious to me, doesn't smell, keeps you warm - in fact, it works so well hard to classify as a luxury item any longer.

I think I take 2 items which aren't really necessary: one is a Bluetooth keyboard which allows me to type detailed accounts of journeys (using the same smart phone), and the other is a tiny inflatable pillow which makes camping much more comfortable - wish I'd used this years ago. I like the idea of being able to make good coffee but there are so many places selling good coffee these days that I'm happy to stop in a café.

My 'luxury' item is a tiny LED lantern that hangs in the tent because it offers a lovely comforting light which is really appreciated when a long way from home.

Re: Profile Of A Cycle Tourist by Pierre Roques from 1965

19 November 2015 - 6:34pm
But, yes, back to the article - it's a corker! Thank you so much for digging it out

I'm afraid I see far too much of my slightly younger self in it




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